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Angel Investors and the power of asking the right questions with Loretta McCarthy

Loretta McCarthy is a managing partner at Golden Seeds LLC, an investment consortium that invests in early-stage women-led businesses. Currently, Golden Seeds is one of the biggest and most active angel investment networks in the US. Loretta Managed the National Golden Seeds Network. She has also previously worked with companies on Wall Street such as American Express and OppenheimerFunds , and has served as a board member of many nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

  

 

 

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • [1:51] Speed round with Loretta McCarthy
  • [3:44] Loretta’s very first ask
  • [5:39] People that Loretta has met who makes really good asks
  • [8:08] Telling your story versus telling the content of your story
  • [10:30] Do women ask differently from men?
  • [12:29] Asking a question and turning it into something positive for you (or your business)
  • [17:22] Where do founders go wrong when it’s time to wrap up a pitch?
  • [22:43] The most compelling ask that Loretta has ever seen
  • [25:38] The importance of having a diversified portfolio as an investor
  • [28:12] Why entrepreneurs need to do their homework on their investor before making their pitch
  • [31:57] The right way to ask an investor for a value add in their investment
  • [36:22] The best way to follow up and to nurture a relationship with an investor (whether they invested or not)
  • [38:51] What’s happening at Golden Seeds

 

In this episode…

Are you thinking of reaching out to an angel investor? Do you know what you need to present and how you’re supposed to present it in a pitch? Are you asking the right things to get the right results for your business?

Loretta McCarthy is a managing partner at Golden Seeds LLC, an investment consortium that invests in early-stage women-led businesses. She matches founders with potential angel investors and helps them navigate through the tedious process of presenting their work to the right people under the right category.

On this episode, Stephanie Sims is joined by Loretta McCarthy in discussing the importance of asking compelling questions that can lead to positive results for your business and, right ways to present your pitch and making follow-ups. It’s an incredibly informative discussion on developing your asks and getting results so tune in.

 

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